The wait was definitely worth it for the Whetstone High School football team.
The Braves improved to 2-0 by rolling past Central Crossing 42-7 in a game that started last Friday and was delayed until the following morning because of storms.
With the Braves up 14-0 with 9:46 in the second quarter, officials delayed the game and waited about an hour before postponing it.
"I slept about an hour last night (Friday evening)," Braves coach Jim Worden said. "In 18 years of coaching, I have never been in that situation."
Still, the Braves appeared to be well rested despite a shaky start when the game resumed as Comets quarterback Jeffrey Yates connected with Ben Rinehart for a 48-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7.
Whetstone calmly answered when Michael Haynes broke several tackles en route to a 24-yard score.
"You're always worried about the next day having that letdown," Worden said. "But we have 21 seniors that are veterans. You couldn't have scripted a worse start for us. We have a broken play on our first play, then we put the ball on the ground and fumble and give up the touchdown. I was really pleased with the response to that."
"It's a difficult situation for both teams," Crossing coach Rick Vaughn said of the game being delayed a day. "It's one of those scenarios you never want to be in or play in. We came out early (last Saturday) and played well and then we kind of fell apart there."
For the second week in a row, the Braves were bolstered by the offensive output of quarterback Mario Dovell and running back Michael Haynes.
Dovell had touchdown runs of 20 and 22 yards and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Penn, and Haynes rushed for 188 yards on 28 attempts and added scoring runs of 70, 24 and 14 yards.
While Dovell and Haynes' efforts are easily recognizable, Worden knows other factors are at play.
"Those guys do a good job, but we have guys like (fullback) DeSean Booth up front," Worden said. "They are gifted athletes and good leaders, but they won't do anything without the offensive line, tight end and the fullback setting the tone."
"I'm surprised myself," Booth said. "We did a good job of blocking and containing. It means a lot right now to be sitting with a 2-0 record."